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The Storm (NUMA Files series) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews

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About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt® adventures, such as Arctic Drift; the NUMA® Files adventures, most recently Medusa; the Oregon Files, such as The Jungle; the Isaac Bell adventures, which began with The Chase; and the highly successful new series - the Fargo adventures. He lives in Arizona.

Graham Brown, a former pilot and lawyer and later part of a start up health care firm, decided he hadn't had enough different careers yet and decided to become a writer.
A huge fan of Clive Cussler, Michael Crichton, Stephen King and television shows like the X-files and Lost, Graham's first novel Black Rain debuted in January 2010. He has now co-written five NUMA Files novels with Clive Cussler: Devil's Gate, The Storm, Zero Hour, Ghost Ship and The Pharaoh's Secret.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1702 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0718159101
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (29 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074VPJLS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is Cussler doing what he does best

Global climate change poses a threat in Clive Cussler's exciting 10th Kurt Austin / Joe Zavala thriller. When everyone aboard a NUMA research vessel is killed after running into a mysterious black oily substance in the Indian Ocean, As usual the poor selfless Numa experts were helping the planet and investigating water temperature anomalies when this occurred, Kurt and plucky partner Joe Zavala rush to find out what happened.
As you would expect with an action packed adventure from Cussler we have a new bad guy hell bent on mischief, this time in the form of Wealthy Yemeni Jinn al-Khaif, who's behind the killings, has dumped billions of microbots into the sea to cool it and create weather patterns that will throw the planets eco system into chaos as usual these plans are economically based and take no account of the human cost. Our heroes Kurt and Joe plan to stop him, and, as always, the fate of the world rests in their hands. This book as ever for Cussler has a nice clever twist at the end one that shows that Clive Cussler is still at the top of his game in the action adventure world.

Good fun as always
(Parm)
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By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2012
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Cussler has produced a riveting read. Fast-paced forceful action with never a dull moment. Full of incident and head first exploits. The brief prologue describes a 'Fast Freighter',in 1943, 'SS John Bury' captained by Pickett attacked by Japanese and last seen on fire sailing at full speed never to be seen again. Apparently the cargo was valuable.

In 1967, Tariq Al-Khalif's family is slaughtered by bandits in North Yemen. His son survives( Jinn) who becomes a wealthy consortium leader. His father tells him not to show pity to adversaries as it is a sign of weakness. He seeks revenge.
Forward to June 2012 when a Catamaran is recording data for the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA) in the Indian Ocean encounters a charcoal coloured particulate swarm that spreads lethally from the ocean onto the deck. The three crew members die.
Dick Pitt, director of NUMA, puts Special Project Branch agents Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala on the investigation. Off to the Maldives where they meet fellow agents Paul and Gamay Trout.

Jinn is head of a powerful consortium aiming to alter water and air temperatures to produce world wide famine by whatever means. No conscience. Driven by power and money.
The procedures of factfinding results are exhilarating, energetic and hazardous non-stop activity full of death defying incidents in the Houidini style.

Cussler has produced a novel of tremendous page -turning narrative. Strong well-developed characters with twists are there. Humour between Kurt and Joe are evident as is their care for each other. The story contains so many elements of surprise and develops in an easily readable style. No disappointments for Clive Cussler fans nor of this genre. Extremely enjoyable and recommendable.
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I may have read every Dirk Pitt novel going but I'm very behind with the other Cussler heroes. I have only dipped into the Numa series, of which this is the tenth. Not that this matters with a Cussler novel. You're welcome to dive in wherever you please and then you can take all the time you need to catch up. I've very recently been enjoying Graham Brown's Danielle Laidlaw and Hawker thrillers and so I was unable to resist The Storm. If a well-established author has to share the burden it may as well be with one of the most exciting thriller writers I've read for a while.

The Numa novels are slightly calmed down versions of the Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino novels. They're almost - but not quite - more realistic in terms of what the heroic human body can do before it should be shredded into a pulp. Dirk Pitt, the head of Numa and a little too old to play these days, supervises from afar the work of Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala. Needless to say, both men are extremely handsome, rugged, likeable and always hungry for a decent meal.

A ship carrying members of Numa is discovered empty and burnt almost to a wreck. There is no sign of the crew but all the signs suggest that they set fire to their own vessel. What could have driven them to commit such an act that may well have cost them their lives? We know, though, that a malevolent swarm of particles overwhelmed the ship, seeking life to destroy it. Kurt and Joe, as well as the sister of one of the lost Numa men, set out to discover the nature of the swarm, its goals and who controls it.

It's not long before they discover Yemeni Jinn al-Khaif, a rich but bitter man of the desert who aims to control the planet, especially the middle and eastern areas, with his catastrophic manipulation of the weather.
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"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." -- Romans 12:21 (NKJV)

Clive Cussler must rank somewhere near the top of authors who can dream up the most imaginative evil schemes, obscure technologies for accomplishing the schemes, and how to undo the harm. It's just amazing. I, for one, am glad that he is enlisting coauthors to flesh out these wonderful plots so that we can enjoy more of them.

I am partial to stories about Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala. They remind me of the early Dirk Pitt books in their swagger and derring do.

The Storm is a timely tale that explores how important the oceans are as a global resource and how they might be used to accomplish more (for harm or for good) in the future. You'll find yourself with plenty of "what if" thoughts as you read the story. The technologies described in the book are also intriguing, independent of the plot. There's nothing like fiction that causes you to think differently about the possibilities in fact.

I very much liked the action in The Storm. The ratio of doing to talking is about right in this story.

My only complaint about the book is that Graham Brown doesn't do enough to flesh out his characters. For all the differences you perceive in some of them, they might as well be simply called Character 1, Character 2, Character 3, and so forth.

If you are about to head off on vacation . . . or a long plane flight, take The Storm with you!
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